Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Babe will not talk to Barnette Lloyd because:

2. Chick appears to be mainly concerned about:

3. Lenny begins the play by:

4. Chick implies that Meg is the reason:

5. Babe's story suggests that Lenny broke up with Charlie Hill because:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Meg's response to the news about Old Granddaddy?

2. What makes Babe finally understand the gravity of her situation?

3. What do the candy, cokes, and lemonade symbolize for the girls?

4. What do Lennie's actions imply about her?

5. What is Meg's first reaction when she sees Lennie?

6. Describe Old Granddaddy's relationship with his granddaughters.

7. Why does Meg bring up Lenny's boyfriend from Memphis?

8. Why does Lenny continually bring up the past?

9. Lenny, Meg, and Babe continually revisit stories from their past. What does this suggest about them?

10. Why does Babe seem surprise to hear the real story of Doc's injury and the town's opinion of Meg?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Henley's motif of sweetness in the play. What message does the author emphasize through the "sweetness" of character actions, dialog, or foods? Use at least three specific examples to support your point.

Essay Topic 2

Henley's characters are motivated by any number of factors--fear, pity, duty, love. Choose any character or characters whose motivations seem to drive the play and write an essay in which you argue the significance of these motivations.

Essay Topic 3

Lee Smith "The biggest myth about Southern women is that we are frail types--fainting on our sofas...nobody where I grew up every acted like that. We were about as fragile as coal trucks." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify this statement using the text as support for your argument.

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